World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 10

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[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “10”]
[Result “*”]
[Date “2018.11.22”]

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7

{Up to this point, the moves are identical to Round 8.}

12. b4 {Carlsen didn’t seem to happy about this and spent quite some time on the response.} a6 13. Na3 a5 14. bxa5 Rxa5 15. Nc4 Ra8 16. Be3 f5

{Caruana is still in preparation, while Carlsen has to think hard on each move.}

17.a5 {Caruana is leading.} f4 18.Bb6 Qe8 Ra3 19.Qg6 20.Bc7 {An inaccuracy. Carlsen is leading now.} e4 21. Kh1 b5 {Carlsen pushes for a win!} 22. Nb6 Nxb6 23. Bxb6 Qg5

{[#] A blunder on Carlsen’s part. Caruana leads.} 24. g3

{Caruana didn’t go with Bxb5, reducing his advantage.}

b4 25. Rb3 Bh3 26. Rg1 f3 27. Bf1 Bxf1 28. Qxf1 Qxd5 29. Rxb4 Qe6 30. Rb5 Bd8

{Both players feel the time pressure as they need to make about one move per minute.}

31. Qe1 Bxb6 32. axb6 Rab8 33. Qe3 Qc4 34. Rb2 Rb7 35. Rd1 Qe2 36. Re1 Qxe3 37. Rxe3 d5 38. h4 Rc8 39. Ra3 Kf7 40. Kh2 Ke6

{The game is heading for (yet another) draw…}

41. g4 Rc6 42. Ra6 Ke5 43. Kg3 {The white king needs to be active…} h6 44. h5 Kd4 45. Rb5 Rd6 46. Ra4+ Ke5 47. Rab4 Ke6 48. c4 dxc4 49. Rxc4 Rdxb6 50. Rxe4+ Kf7 51. Rf5+ Rf6 52. Rxf6+ Kxf6 53. Kxf3 Kf7 54. Kg3

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I felt that it was very close tonight. The problem is if I don’t mate I’m losing. So I was trying to find some middle ground and my time was running out. I don’t know. I was just so nervous, I couldn’t make it happen. It ended up just being nothing.” – Magnus Carlsen

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